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December 11, 2012
I actually don’t view this as anti-union. I view it as if the unions did it appropriately, this should make them more responsive, because it really means they have to be listening to workers more attentively and really presenting the value proposition to them. Because if they were doing all the things that workers were looking for, there shouldn’t be any difference with this legislation at all. Workers would simply choose to join the union, versus not choosing.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder • Discussing his support of Michigan’s new “right to work” legislation, which the governor is expected to sign into law as early as Wednesday, during an appearance on Mike Huckabee’s radio show this morning. Union workers have rejected Snyder’s description of the new legislation, with UAW President Bob King saying that this needs to be viewed “as part of a right-wing agenda” during an interview on MSNBC. source
16:21 // 1 year ago

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Union supporters attempt to blockade the Romney building, home to Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s office, in downtown Lansing across the street from the Michigan State Capitol to protest new Right to Work legislation. Calls of “Nobody in, Nobody out!” rang out after the buildings doors were closed and State and Lansing police took up position around other entrances to the building.

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Union organizers inflated “rat” effigies of the Michigan politicians behind the new Right to Work legislation in Lansing on 12/11/12.

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Labor supporters cover their faces and move back after Michigan State Police used pepper spray to push back protesters from the entrance and first story windows around the Michigan State Capitol during a protest of new Right to Work legislation. — with Brian Laskowski in Lansing, MI.

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Photographer Brian Laskowski sends along these shots from the Michigan Right to Work protests, which he covered in person.

15:24 // 1 year ago
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Michigan lawmakers approve right-to-work bill for public employees
JUST IN: Lawmakers in Michigan’s House of Representatives have approved a right-to-work bill for public employees, 58-51. The bill was approved in the state Senate last week and will go to Republican Governor Rick Snyder for his expected signature as early as Wednesday.More updates on BreakingNews.com.Photo: About a dozen members of the Michigan Nurses Association stand on the state Capitol steps in Lansing, Michigan, on Dec. 10, 2012, protesting right-to-work legislation. (Carlos Osorio / AP)

We’ll be keeping an eye on this one throughout the day.

breakingnews:

Michigan lawmakers approve right-to-work bill for public employees

JUST IN: Lawmakers in Michigan’s House of Representatives have approved a right-to-work bill for public employees, 58-51. The bill was approved in the state Senate last week and will go to Republican Governor Rick Snyder for his expected signature as early as Wednesday.

More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: About a dozen members of the Michigan Nurses Association stand on the state Capitol steps in Lansing, Michigan, on Dec. 10, 2012, protesting right-to-work legislation. (Carlos Osorio / AP)

We’ll be keeping an eye on this one throughout the day.

12:36 // 1 year ago
December 10, 2012
I think the Republican strategy in doing this so quickly is that they don’t want what Wisconsin had, dragging on for so many days. This is a blitzkrieg, and Republicans hope it’s going to be over and done with tomorrow.
"Inside Michigan Politics" editor Bill Ballenger • Discussing the Republican strategy behind passing the "right to work" law in Michigan — which looks like it may get passed on Tuesday, in a fight over unions similar to the one that took place in Wisconsin nearly two years ago. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder may or may not sign the bill into law, though Democrats are not convinced he will side with them. While citizens could band together fight the law at the polls in 2014, if the law were to pass, it would go into effect at least until then.
21:56 // 1 year ago
The so-called ‘right-to-work’ laws — they don’t have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.
President Obama • During a speech in Michigan today, clearly laying out his views on a new law that will make Michigan the 24th “right to work” state in the country. Michigan’s House of Representatives is expected to review the bill on Tuesday, and Gov. Rick Snyder could sign it into law by the end of the day. Massive protests took place at the capital building, and union workers opposed to its passage say they’ll be back tomorrow. source
17:45 // 1 year ago
November 20, 2012

Detroit City Council rejects last-ditch cash infusion

  • the offer As part of a deal to get the City of Detroit back on track financially, the city’s government made a deal with the State of Michigan to receive a $30 million cash infusion in two payments, including a $10 million loan set for today. The city has long struggled to recover from its decline in population and has had financial trouble for years.
  • the condition To receive the money, the city had to sign a contract with the law firm Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone to analyze the city’s legal situation and deal with any litigation that might arise as a result of a financial stability agreement.
  • the vote In a voice vote, the city rejected the condition on the money, meaning that the city will not get the initial $10 million payment. ”It will be more difficult for the City to maintain its liquidity until the receipt of property tax revenues beginning in January,” said mayor Dave Bing. “Today’s vote is one more example of how City Council has stalled our efforts to bring financial stability to the City of Detroit.” source
18:57 // 1 year ago
November 7, 2012
He was dead. He had no heartbeat and he wasn’t breathing. I started CPR, and after a few minutes, he revived and started breathing again. He knew his name and his wife’s name. The first question he asked was ‘Did I vote?’
Ty Houston • Recounting a particularly shocking series of events that took place while he filling out his absentee ballot at a township office in Oakland County. The 48-year-old home care nurse is responsible for saving the life of an elderly voter who collapsed while filling out his own ballot at a nearby table. After recovering, and once his wife took a moment to remind him that personal health is important too, the unidentified man responded that only two things were important to him. “That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote.” source
14:56 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2012
We received information from an individual who saw something. The information seemed credible, so we decided to follow up on it.
Roseville, Mich. Police Chief James Berlin • Discussing their decision to follow up on a tip they received about the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa, the union boss who infamously went missing in 1975. A tipster told the police that he may have been buried under a driveway. When doing a search of said driveway, they found an “anomaly,” leading the department to plan for a soil check on Friday. “We do not know if this is Jimmy,” Berlin emphasized.
11:01 // 1 year ago
August 16, 2012

Did you win the PowerBall drawing? If so, we’d like to ask for a loan

  • $337 million lotto ticket sold in Lapeer, Michigan source

» A big winner, a single ticket: While a single Powerball winner — for a jackpot that’s the third-largest in Powerball history and seventh-largest in U.S. history — is likely to come forward, a number of smaller winners (eight tickets in total) walked away with $1 million in winnings after correctly guessing five of the numbers. Another winner scored a power play to win $2 million.

8:01 // 1 year ago
August 9, 2012
NAACP chapter, other groups raise concern over police shooting of homeless Michigan man
On July 1, Milton Hall (shown above) was shot at more than 40 times and killed by Saginaw, Mich. police. Officers say Hall, 49, who was homeless at the time of his death, pulled out a knife and was acting aggressively before he was shot. Michigan State Police are in the midst of investigating the incident, which was the third police-related shooting in the city this year. Meanwhile, a number of groups — including the Saginaw chapter of the NAACP — are asking for due process as investigators look for answers. ”The concerned citizens of Saginaw are demanding a full and transparent investigation,” said Gary L. Loster, a former Saginaw mayor and leader of the Concerned Citizens of Saginaw group. “We are calling for a report as to the progress and status.” (photo via WNEM)

NAACP chapter, other groups raise concern over police shooting of homeless Michigan man

On July 1, Milton Hall (shown above) was shot at more than 40 times and killed by Saginaw, Mich. police. Officers say Hall, 49, who was homeless at the time of his death, pulled out a knife and was acting aggressively before he was shot. Michigan State Police are in the midst of investigating the incident, which was the third police-related shooting in the city this year. Meanwhile, a number of groups — including the Saginaw chapter of the NAACP — are asking for due process as investigators look for answers. ”The concerned citizens of Saginaw are demanding a full and transparent investigation,” said Gary L. Loster, a former Saginaw mayor and leader of the Concerned Citizens of Saginaw group. “We are calling for a report as to the progress and status.” (photo via WNEM)

22:43 // 1 year ago